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Pulling the wool over the auditors’ eyes

Brian Amble | 23 Sep 2015

Confident statements from managers can distort the judgement of auditors and lead them to accept explanations at face value, new research has found.

The politics of cheaper oil

Isabelle Chaboud | 22 Sep 2015

Oil prices today are at the same level as they were in 2009 during the financial crisis. So what are the causes of this collapse - and what might the consequences be?

When agile thinking meets traditional management

Dawna Jones | 08 Sep 2015

Agile methodology has the potential to help the entire business culture adapt to uncertainty rather than fight and resist change. But when Agile values collide with traditional management, tension can erupt.

Too much innovation doesn't pay dividends

Brian Amble | 25 Aug 2015

Those who try to innovate the most often don’t reap any benefit from their efforts, even when circumstances seem to be at their most optimal.

Confidence the key to successful negotiations

Brian Amble | 30 Jul 2015

Under-confident negotiators achieve a successful outcome in just one in five of the negotiations they’re involved in, new research has found.

Ethics across the generations

Guendalina Dondé | 20 Jul 2015

Business ethics mean different things to different people. So understanding the different characteristics of the various generations in the workplace is a fundamental part of building a culture founded on ethical values.

Feeding the world

Jean-François Fiorina | 13 May 2015

Hunger is a daily reality for more than one in 10 of the world’s population. And as the population continues to climb, feeding the world ceases to be a humanitarian or economic imperative or even a question of ‘food security’. It becomes a question of survival.

Old world vs new: the geopolitical pendulum

Jean-François Fiorina | 29 Apr 2015

Over the past decade, the balance between the ‘old’ industrial world and emerging economies has shifted dramatically. But with an economic slow-down beginning to affect many emerging countries, is the pendulum now swinging back the other way?

Dominance could kill you

Brian Amble | 23 Mar 2015

If you think that that aggressive, competitive behaviour is the way to get ahead, think again. Because according to new research, a hostile-dominant personality increases the risk of heart disease and could shorten your life.

How currency wars impact business

Brian Amble | 09 Mar 2015

When currency wars break out, business gets caught in the crossfire. But the impact of monetary policy can work both ways. So the more businesses leaders are aware of the implications, the more effectively they can plan and react.

The rise of protectionism: are borders making a comeback?

Brian Amble | 06 Mar 2015

It’s symptomatic of the economic and political tensions emerging across the globe that borders are regaining their importance and protectionist policies are starting to reappear. As a result, businesses need to navigate international markets that are becoming ever more regulated.

Geopolitics and managing risk

Brian Amble | 04 Mar 2015

Any business that operates outside its home turf needs a grasp of geopolitics. As Jean-François Fiorina, vice dean of Grenoble Ecole de Management, tells us, understanding the geopolitical stakes in a country or region helps companies make the right choices and minimize risks.

Female CFOs reduce corporate tax evasion

Brian Amble | 25 Feb 2015

If we want companies to be more transparent and ethical about their tax affairs, having more women in board positions - and in particular, encouraging more women to become CFOs - could be the answer.

Does your face fit?

Brian Amble | 19 Jan 2015

Chinese philosophy has long held that you can tell what sort of person someone is by studying the shape of their face. And with new research suggesting that leaders in certain fields do share similar facial characteristics, perhaps they've been right all along.

Who benefits from buyouts?

Brian Amble | 03 Dec 2014

Far from unlocking dormant capabilities and hidden value, private equity institutional buyouts more often lead to job losses, wage cuts and reductions in productivity and profitability, new research from the UK has found.

Big data the hot skill for 2015

Brian Amble | 05 Nov 2014

Specialists in big data, cyber-security and corporate governance will not be short of job offers in 2015 and beyond according to the latest annual ‘hot jobs’ predictions produced by executive search firm, CTPartners.

Power, corruption and testosterone

Brian Amble | 06 Oct 2014

A new study from the University of Lausanne has revealed that the old cliché is true. Power does corrupt. What’s more, it is almost addictive, with even previously-honest individuals succumbing to its allure.

Slow burn beats big bang

Brian Amble | 01 Oct 2014

New business ventures that start out life as part-time projects and grow slowly while their founders hold down another job are significantly less likely to fail than those that are launched from the outset as full-time enterprises, new research has found.

Less ‘we’, more ‘me’

Brian Amble | 16 Sep 2014

Privacy is a universal, basic need. But after decades of open plan offices and an unrelenting drive for shared work spaces, the number one complaint from office workers is that a lack of privacy is undermining their ability to do their jobs.

Stress, engagement and productivity

Brian Amble | 05 Sep 2014

Employees suffering from high stress levels have lower levels of engagement, are less productive and have higher absentee levels than those not operating under excessive pressure, new research has found.